Champion boxer Victor Ortiz was eliminated from ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" tonight.
Ortiz, whose struggles on the ballroom dance floor had often put him at or near the bottom of the leaderboard since the season started six weeks ago, smiled when he found out he was being booted from the show and hugged his pro dance partner, Lindsay Arnold.
He got a standing ovation from the ballroom audience.
"I had a blast. I made great friends, including you guys, you beautiful people," he said, indicating his castmates, "so at the end of the day it was a heck of an experience … ."
He invited everyone to follow him to his next championship boxing bout.
The 26-year-old boxer ended up at the bottom of the leaderboard Monday after his individual rumba failed to dazzle judges, earning him 18 out of a possible 30 points. He also performed a paso doble as part of a team, and that dance earned the entire team 22 points for each member, giving him a grand total of 40 out of a possible 60 points for the night.
Ortiz and reality-TV star Sean Lowe were both in danger of getting eliminated tonight.
Elimination is decided based on a combination of judges' votes and viewer scores. The star with the lowest combined tally of judges' scores and viewers' votes is the one eliminated from the competition.
Tonight's show featured live performances from will.i.am and Olly Murs.
Returning next week to perform to compete for the mirrorball trophy are Lowe, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Disney star Zendaya, country music singer Kellie Pickler, NFL player Jacoby Jones, soap opera star Ingo Rademacher and comedian Andy Dick.
"Dancing With the Stars" is in its 16 th season.